Organizational Risk Management Not Just About Compliance

Organizational risk management is too often treated as a compliance issue with complex rules that result in a back office tracking of risks that don’t see the light of day.  This presentation contrasts a traditional view of organizational risk management with an alternative view provided in a Harvard Business Review article by Robert S. Kaplan […]

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Presentations at COV Information Security Conference

2018 COV Presentation: NICE and the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework Presenter(s): Dave Zaras and Eddie McAndrew The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) has produced the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (CWF) with the intent of closing the cybersecurity talent gap. The NICE CWF identifies seven broad categories of security roles which comprise thirty-two specialty areas. Detailed work […]

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Cybersecurity Doesn’t Work Without Culture Change

Article Summary: A culture of cybersecurity only truly takes root when it’s embedded into daily decision-making and a part of everyone’s roles, including the C-Suite. Annual training videos can be effective, but only if they are supplemented with ongoing, engaging activities, combined reward structures or competitions. Workforce members outside of security and IT need seats […]

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Too Many Organizations Overlook One of These Cybersecurity Building Blocks

While most organizations have made some investments in each of the three building blocks of cybersecurity, many overemphasize “technology.” The most overlooked component are the “people,” which will actually make or break the effectiveness of your cybersecurity. As the former Deputy Chief Information Security Officer of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Cathie Brown has seen it […]

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Transformation Without OCM is Wishful Thinking

Hacking Change Management: Part 3 Article Summary: Failed Transformation Red Flag #1: Project team does not embed the OCM team with the delivery team Failed Transformation Red Flag #2: Project team fails to create an end-to-end view of the value stream Physical visualizations create transparency on the timing and impact of OCM activities, allowing non-OCM […]

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HIMSS Analytics Maturity Models: You’ll Need a Partner

HIMSS Analytics is solely-focused on supporting and measuring healthcare transformation enabled by information technology. As an expert global market intelligence resource, HIMSS Analytics brings all the complexity together into a centralized repository of methodologies, promoting common language, and ensuring organizations are directionally-aligned and challenged at the industry level. Impact Makers has significant in-market experience partnering […]

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Stop Fighting Human Nature in OCM and Start Leveraging It

Hacking Change Management: Part 2 Article Summary: Resistance to change is human nature, and it may manifest as active or passive behaviors that reduce the speed to anticipated benefit To successfully navigate change, creating engagement and reducing resistance are challenges that people must own themselves – Micro-managing change can take that away from them  Gamification […]

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[VIDEO] Why Can’t My Organization Trust Our Own Data?

Data is something everyone uses and needs to do their job. When people don’t trust their data, organizations have a big problem on their hands and it won’t go away overnight. The only way to fix a lack of trust is to build trust. Getting employees to buy in to a new way of using […]

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[VIDEO] Your Data is a Business Problem, Not an IT Problem

How do you align your data assets back to your business strategy? While there are very tactical and very specific steps to take, it starts with the approach: understanding that data is a business problem, not an IT problem. From there we can focus in, all the way from brand, mission, and operating model, down […]

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Hacking Change Management: Part 1

Article Summary: We define “hacking” as solving complex, yet very common problems by leveraging non-traditional methods In leading transformation, nontraditional techniques enable rapid pivoting in response to volatile challenges In a real-world example, the client’s attention had been stolen by competing priorities and an overemphasis on desired outcomes – instead of defined objectives – and […]

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